By NATHAN DUKE
A 35-year-old North Carolina man is facing charges in the death of a 35-year-old Florida man in Long Island City on Aug. 5, police said.
Around 1:15 a.m., Jamill Jones, of Kernersville, North Carolina, allegedly punched Sandor Szabo, of Boca Raton, Florida, in the face following a confrontation in front of 41-10 29th St., police said.
Szabo’s head hit the pavement after he fell back, and he lost consciousness. He was removed to an area hospital in critical condition, and his assailant fled northbound on 29th Street in a white sport utility vehicle.
Jones, who is the assistant men’s basketball coach for Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, surrendered to police on Aug. 9 on third-degree assault charges. The incident was reclassified as a homicide the following day after Szabo died, police said.
Szabo had been in town for a wedding, according to published reports. The altercation began when Szabo knocked on Jones’ car window, thinking it was his Uber ride.
In a Facebook post, What If Media Group, where Szabo worked, released a statement: “It was a devastating loss to his family, and to our What If Media Group family. Sandor was super outgoing, friendly and an incredibly smart businessman. He was always upbeat, positive, kind and caring. He was fun to be with, interesting and always interested. He was a really good person.”
Jones’ attorney, Alain Massena, released a statement regarding the incident.
“This was a tragic incident and Mr. Jones is extremely sorry for the Szabo’s loss of their son,” Massena said. “Mr. Jones presented himself to the relevant authorities and is fully cooperating with the legal process that is underway.”
The investigation is ongoing.